Tom and Summer


Geez, to look at that list below, you’d never know that I spent a whole sick day this week watching the final six episodes of “The Wire”. For what it’s worth on that front, y’all were right and the show is pretty damned incredible. If anything, I was actually surprised at how optimistic an ending the show was given…y’know, except where Dukie was concerned.

The Oscar watching continued this week, this time with nominees scratched off the list for Best Supporting Actor and Best Documentary. The latter actually brought upon an amusing moment.

Not five minutes into FINDING VIVIAN MAIER, I paused the film, turned to my wife and said (only half-joking) “You suck at life for letting me go so long before seeing this movie”. I hadn’t even finished my sentence when her eyes looked like they were going to bug out of her head. “Are you fucking kidding me” was her response. “After I saw this at TIFF, I told you to find a way to get it into your schedule. After that I must have suggested you get out and see it at least sixteen times!!”.

A good point there.

What I remembered during this fun little lovers’ quarrel is that sometimes we take sources of suggestion for granted. Be it a friend, a family member, someone we’re in a relationship with, or even a critic…sometimes we’ll hear them suggest films so often that we begin to tune them out. It’s not deliberate, not like we don’t believe that the film they’re saying is good actually is good, it’s just that they tell us about a lot of things and it all gets a bit muddled together.

It sorta sucks, the same way it sucks to suggest something to someone for a long time only to see them take the bait once a second source vets something…but when so many ideas are thrown around, it’s bound to happen that a few throws from the shortstop will sail past you to the backstop.


Here’s the week at hand…

THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT – Not my favorite Scorsese doc by a longshot. There’s a moment late in its second act where it seems to have done enough stretching to kiss its own ass.

Streaming/Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Never Seen
BOUND FOR GLORY – Spoiler alert for an upcoming Dew Over: I’m one of the few people who still dig this movie.
THE JUDGEThis week in “Duvall gets nominated for being old”…
MY NEIGHBOR TOTOROGood start to this year’s blindspots.
FINDING VIVIAN MAIER – Word has it there’s controversy around this doc?
HORNS – I sorta wanted this to be better.
THE FRONT PAGE – Decent late-career Wilder, but I prefer it as HIS GIRL FRIDAY.

Streaming/Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Seen Before
TAXI DRIVER – Wait, it’s NOT cool to take a woman to a porno on a first date?
A SINGLE MAN So damned handsome!
GONE GIRLEven better the second time around.
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVISSpeaking of “better the second time around”…
THE IMITATION GAMEThis less so. I’m now in the mindset that it’s handsome and harmless, though my original review is more glowing.


Boxscore for The Year
23 First-Timers, 18 Re-Watched
5 Screenings
41 Movies in Total
How’s about you – seen anything good?